History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

22 June, 2012

Aviatrix

A few of the fantastic woman flyers of the early 20th century. (For some of those I've missed, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum  has a great online exhibit). 

From various institutions, but especially the San Diego Air and Space Museum.



Matilde E. Moisant, the second American woman to get a pilot's license, 1912.  Source



Ruth Elder, c.1920s.  Source




Lores Bonney, c. 1933. Source





Adele Mullin and a fellow pilot, c. 1939. Source



Harriet Quimby, first American woman to earn a pilot's license, c.1912. Source



Fran Bera, c. 1950s.  Source



Nancy Bird and her new plane, 1935. Source



Harriet Quimby and Matilde Moisant, the first two American women to earn pilot's licenses, c. 1910s. Source



Ruth Elder, 1920s. Source






Marjorie Stinson and brother Eddie, siblings of Katherine Stinson (below), 1910s. Source






Willa Brown, first African American woman to earn a pilot's license and trainer of pilots in WW2. Source



Helene Dutrieu, first Belgian woman to earn a pilot's license, 1911. Source



Ruth Alexander. Source



Katherine Stinson, first female pilot to execute a loop and first woman liscensed to carry US mail, 1910s. Source



Ruth Alexander being silly with a friend. Source



Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles but an accomplished pilot in her own right. Source






Jean Batten (and her kitten!) being interviewed after flying from Britain to Australia, 1934. Source



Fran Bera. Source



Ruth Law and Mrs. Robert Goelet in a model "B" Wright airplane, 1914. Source









Katherine Stinson. Source



Nancy Bird, c. 1939. Source


1 comment:

T. E. Hieatt said...

Wonderful collection of photos. Nice to learn about pilots other than Amelia Earhart.

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